SEPTEMBER 22, 2015


     The following is a non-verbatim transcript of the BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MEETING OF SEMINOLE COUNTY, FLORIDA, held at 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, September 22, 2015, in Room 1028 of the SEMINOLE COUNTY SERVICES BUILDING at SANFORD, FLORIDA, the usual place of meeting of said Board.


     Chairman Brenda Carey (District 5)

     Vice Chairman John Horan (District 2)

Commissioner Robert Dallari (District 1)

     Commissioner Lee Constantine (District 3)

     County Manager Nicole Guillet

     Deputy County Attorney Lynn Porter-Carlton

     Deputy Clerk Jane Spencer



Commissioner Carlton Henley (District 4)




     Commissioner Horan gave the Invocation and Commissioner Dallari led the Pledge of Allegiance.



     Proofs of publication calling for a public hearing to consider the Seminole County FY 2015/16 Final Budget, received and filed.

     Chairman Carey announced that this is the second public hearing regarding the budget.  She advised that the Board of County Commissioners does not have any control over the tax levies or budgets of the School Board, the Water Management District, or any of the seven cities in Seminole County.  Questions regarding property assessed valuations should be addressed to the Property Appraiser, David Johnson, who is here tonight.  The Board of County Commissioners has limited authority over the budgets of the Constitutional Officers of the County which include the Clerk of the Circuit Court, the Property Appraiser, the Sheriff, the Supervisor of Elections and the Tax Collector.  Chairman Carey described how the budgets for the Constitutional Officers are reviewed and approved.  She pointed out that the purpose of this public hearing is to receive comments regarding the tentative millage rates and budget, any amendments to the budget as desired by the Board, and to adopt the final millage rates and County budget for Fiscal Year 2015/16 as required by Florida law.  Chairman Carey announced that this budget hearing and Seminole County’s intent to adopt the final millage rates and budget for FY 2016 were advertised in the Seminole Extra Section of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper on September 17, 2015. 

     Edward Bass, Resource Management Director, addressed the Board and displayed a PowerPoint presentation (received and filed) for the Second Public Hearing FY 2015/16 Final Budget.  He advised at the first budget hearing to approve Seminole County’s FY 2015/16 tentative budget and millage rates, the Board approved a tentative budget of $702.2 million based on maintaining the current property tax rates.  Tonight the FY 2015/16 proposed final budget includes increases to the tentatively approved budget totaling $6,133,769.  He explained this is detailed on pages 27 through 33 of the Second Public Hearing Book (received and filed).  He added that per the direction of the 17-92 CRA Board, the reserve amount for the private development grants has been undesignated.

Mr. Bass stated by Florida law, the first issue required to be discussed at the budget hearing is the percentage increase in millage over the rolled-back rate necessary to fund the budget and the reason for the increase.  He advised that the FY 2015/16 tentative budget, as amended tonight for final adoption, is based on maintaining the current year property tax rates.  Mr. Bass displayed the Millage Rate Summary and reviewed millage rates for the Adopted 2014/15 Budget; Proposed 2015/16 Budget; Rolled-Back Property Tax Rates; and the Percentage Change in the Proposed Millage Rates over the Rolled-Back Millage Rates for Countywide, the Fire Services District, and the Roads District.  He discussed the 2015 Change in Taxable Property Values. 

Mr. Bass reviewed the Property Tax Revenue slide and advised that growth in taxable valuation increased ad valorem revenue by $6.9 million for the General Fund.  He explained the increase in countywide ad valorem revenue will be used to provide for governmental services to the citizens of Seminole County and to reduce the budget deficit brought about by revenue declines during past fiscal years.  Mr. Bass indicated that the Fire Fund ad valorem revenue increased by $2.1 million, which will be used to provide for fire and rescue services in unincorporated Seminole County and the cities of Altamonte Springs and Winter Springs, as well as to reduce budget gaps brought about by previous revenue declines.  The Fire District will also generate an additional $2.6 million in ad valorem revenue to provide for fire and EMS services to the City of Casselberry beginning October 1, 2015.  He stated the Unincorporated Road District Property Tax Revenue will increase by approximately $76,000 and will be used to provide transportation maintenance as estimated in the budget.

     Mr. Bass reviewed the Tentative Budget Summary by Fund Type and stated the total countywide budget for FY 2015/16 is $708,351,050.  He next reviewed the Current Revenue by Type (Fiscal Year 2015/16 $440.7 million) pie chart.  Mr. Bass concluded his presentation by reviewing the Expenditures by Service Area (Fiscal Year 2015/16 $462.7 million) pie chart and noted that Public Safety represents 39% of the budget and Physical Environmental represents 21%.  He pointed out that the Resolution that the Board will be adopting organizes the funds based on the format of the CAFR, which differs from the budget layout in the Public Hearing documents.

John Horvath, 1004 Bradford Drive, addressed the Board to state he sees a lot of new faces on staff.  He pointed out that he has been coming to these budget hearings for over 30 years and has watched the County grow and change and evolve.  With regard to the Fire Department, Mr. Horvath discussed the County taking on Altamonte Springs and Winter Springs over the last few years and noted they will be taking over Casselberry in eight days, which will add 21 fire stations to the County.  He looks at it as a very urban fire station.  He stated that he hopes the County will be building some new fire stations and discussed the Jamestown area and the I‑4/Lake Mary area.

Mr. Horvath stated he knows the County has always run a tight budget.  He pointed out they are building the Sports Complex and will be looking for tourism there.  He stressed that with all of the different services that the County provides, they need to look at them equally because they are all important and all contribute to economic development.

With regard to public participation, no one else in the audience spoke in support or in opposition and public input was closed.

Speaker Request Form for John Horvath was received and filed.


     Motion by Commissioner Horan, seconded by Commissioner Dallari, to adopt the FY 2015/16 General Countywide ad valorem tax rate of 4.8751 mills.

     Districts 1, 2, 3 and 5 voted AYE.


Motion by Commissioner Dallari, seconded by Commissioner Constantine, to adopt the FY 2015/16 Fire District MSTU ad valorem tax rate of 2.3299 mills.

Districts 1, 2, 3 and 5 voted AYE.


Motion by Commissioner Horan, seconded by Commissioner Constantine, to adopt the FY 2015/16 Unincorporated Road District MSTU ad valorem tax rate of 0.1107 mills.

District 1, 2, 3 and 5 voted AYE.


     At the request of Chairman Carey, Mr. Bass read the established millage rates into the public record as follows:  The adopted Countywide General Fund tax rate of 4.8751 mills represents a 4.43% increase over the rolled-back millage rate of 4.6683 mills.  The adopted County Municipal Fire Services District property tax rate of 2.3299 mills represents a 4.61% increase over the rolled-back millage rate of 2.2272 mills.  The adopted Unincorporated Road District ad valorem tax rate of 0.1107 mills represents a 4.53% increase over the rolled-back rate of 0.1059 mills.  The adopted “aggregate” millage rate for all BCC taxing districts is 6.6171 mills, which represents a 5.26% increase over the current year “aggregate” rolled-back millage rate of 6.2862 mills.


     Motion by Commissioner Horan, seconded by Commissioner Dallari, to adopt appropriate Resolution #2015-R-168, Millage Levy Resolution for FY 2015/16 inclusive of the millage rates announced, as described in the proof of publication.

     Districts 1, 2, 3 and 5 voted AYE.


     Motion by Commissioner Dallari, seconded by Commissioner Constantine, to approve budget adjustments to the FY 2015/16 Tentative Budget totaling $6,133,769, as described in the proof of publication.

     Districts 1, 2, 3 and 5 voted AYE.


     Motion by Commissioner Constantine, seconded by Commissioner Horan, to adopt the appropriate Resolution #2015-R-169, Budget Resolution for FY 2015/16, as described in the proof of publication.

     Districts 1, 2, 3 and 5 voted AYE.


     Nicole Guillet, County Manager, thanked the staff for all of their hard work and the thoughtful way in which they presented their departmental budgets.  She pointed out there are four new department heads, including Mr. Bass, and noted this was Mr. Bass’ first budget and the first budget for Tim Jecks as Budget Manager.  She acknowledged that they both tackled the job with great enthusiasm and she is grateful to them and their staff.  Ms. Guillet thanked the Constitutional Officers and stated they were great partners and a pleasure to work with.


     Chairman Carey, on behalf of the Board, thanked Ms. Guillet for her leadership in coming through this budget with a new team in place.  She stated that she believes it pays off for the citizens as well as making it a little easier on staff that they start the budget process so early.  Chairman Carey thanked David Johnson, Property Appraiser, for the forecasting that he does every year and noted that his forecast helps the County plan. 


     There being no further business to come before the Board, the Chairman declared the meeting adjourned at 7:22 p.m., this same date.